League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - Preface

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Illustration from Jules Verne's book Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea by Alphonse de Neuville (1835-1885).  Image online, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.


The British Empire
has always encountered difficulty
in distinguishing between its
heroes and its monsters.

Preamble to
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 
by Alan Moore

It is 1898—only a decade after Jack the Ripper terrorized London. European countries, largely headed by monarchs who are related to each other, have formed potentially dangerous alliances. Those rulers have unwittingly positioned themselves, and their respective populations, on the edge of a precipice. In a mere sixteen years, the world would be at war.

Against this real-life backdrop, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen spins a tale of 19th century intrigue and fantasy. The heroes of the story, in Her Majesty’s service, are famous literary characters. Leading the charge is Allan Quartermain. 

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Original Release: Jul 01, 2003

Updated Last Revision: Jun 11, 2019

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